On November 21, 2019, the Longview ISD Foundation presented its annual John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip Grants, named for the late Mr. Harrison to honor his loyal support of the Foundation.
 
The Foundation awarded its first ever middle school academic field trip grant for $7,000.00 to Joseph Ford, Chris Simpson, Jordan Courtney, and Ricardo De La Garza, teachers at Foster Middle School who will take Foster Middle School eighth graders to experience all Austin, Texas, has to offer.  On Sunday, May 9, sixty eighth grade students will travel to Austin to visit the Texas State Capitol to study state government and the architecture of the building while also visiting the Bullock Museum to continue their study of Texas history.  Students will return to their hotel and dress before having dinner at the Fareground, an indoor/outdoor food hall that captures the eclectic Austin atmosphere.  Then students will attend the musical A Bronx Tale at Bass Concert Hall on The University of Texas campus.  Students will enjoy the Broadway experience wile applying learned skills, such as analysis of theme, storytelling, characterization, and suspense in a high interest and engaging setting.   On Sunday morning the students will visit the LBJ Presidential Library to apply the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills they have learned in United State history, especially knowledge of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Johnson’s fight against social injustice.  Students will also see a replica of Johnson’s Oval Office and presidential limousine.  Students will return home on Sunday afternoon.  Students will engage in a variety of activities to prepare for the trip, including participating in the Texas Story Project.  Upon return, students complete writing assignments connected to their learning experiences in their English/language arts classes.
 
The Foundation awarded its second annual John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip Grants to South Ward Elementary School and Ned E. Williams Elementary School to benefit fifth grade students. 
 
Bemecia Adams, Juanita Arnold, Frankie Bolton, Dorothy Garrett, and Erica Guerra, fifth grade teachers at South Ward Elementary School, wrote the grant titled Learning While Traveling, requesting funding for $4,836.97 for travel to the Perot Museum in Dallas for seventy fifth grade students.  At the Perot Museum the students will engage in activities in the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovative Hall, Discovering Life Hall, Gems and Mineral Hall, Dynamic Earth Hall, Energy Hall, and Life Now and Then Hall.  Students will reinforce their knowledge of plants, animals, ecosystems, earth formations, and matter in science, their geometry, measurement, and data analysis skills in math, and their presentation and questioning skills in English/language art.  Students will make presentation about their trip and acquired knowledge upon their return that includes a visual representation. 
 
Fifth grade teachers at Ned E. Williams Elementary School received $2,163.03 to accompany funds from LISD’s Magnet School Assistance Program Grant to provide fifth graders with a trip to NASA in Houston. The Foundation’s funding coupled with funding from the district’s Magnet School Assistance Program Grant will extend the campus’s engineering theme and provide students with field experience needed to complete a project based learning assignment during the second semester.  Moreover, the funding will help fulfill a goal in the school’s Campus Improvement Plan to provide students with trips that support and enhance the curriculum through real-world experiences.  Students will study the Milky Way galaxy, the moon and its interactions with the planets and the lunar cycle, and force, motion, and energy.  Students also use 360 cameras to document their trip for use in presentations to parents and community members.  Students will also consider the likelihood of living on another planet or the moon and design and build their own vision of a future colony while thinking about the factors that will influence their designs.  Through this trip, students will develop critical thinking skills, explore space related career opportunities, and utilize writing and presentation skills.